During our March stay at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, we visited their lovely CityScape Lounge, for some wine.
Luckily, on this visit, we did not have the fog, from previous visits, so got to take in some of the lovely views, from the top floor of the hotel’s Tower 1.
Once this space was the Hilton HHonors Lounge, but was converted into a meeting space, and then repurposed as CityScape, a few years back. It is a lovely venue, and functions as a “rooftop lounge,” but has two somewhat separate areas: first, there is a central bar area (lots of purple/magenta lighting), but that is surrounded on 3 sides by the lounge area (more subdued lighting but expect some bleed of the purple/magenta from the bar area), with stadium seating, of sorts. This area consists of a raised seating area, back a bit from the walls of windows, with a lower seating area, next to those windows. There are different seating arrangements, from larger tables, with sofa-style seating, small tables, and then bistro-style tables, with stools. On this visit, we were seated on the raised area, but had great views, because the window seating was lower, than we were.
On this visit, my wife met me at CityScape, since she had a business dinner, and I dined solo elsewhere. I had to text her instructions for finding the correct elevator from the ground floor in Tower 1, as the signage is not 100% clear – even though she and I had been up to CityScape before. Just read the signs at the bank of elevators carefully.
Since we had both eaten, we did not even look at the menu of bar food, and went straight to a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir - the Belle Glos “Las Alturas” Santa Lucia Highlands. Now, the wine list is short (I think that cocktails and beer are the prime focus for most patrons), but does have enough choices to keep us happy.
The views (if there is no fog) are spectacular, and few other bars/lounges in San Francisco offer anything close.
During our visit, the noise level was minimal, but on a previous visit, the bar area was full, and very loud – so one’s experience could differ, by the evening.
Our service was good, though we did have to flag down our server to settle the bill, but think that he was busier with the tables along the windows.
In all, this was a very good visit, and the City was glowing, down below us. We will return, and maybe try to catch sunset.